Celebrate the Season with Braille Christmas Crafts and Treats

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Dreaming of a Braille Christmas

Here at Braille Works a white Christmas is pretty much out of the question. We haven’t seen snow down here in Florida in decades so chances are we won’t be making snowmen or taking the kids sledding or skiing. Instead, we’re dreaming of a Braille Christmas this year; how about you?

With Christmas being just a few days away, we thought it would be a perfect time to share some fun Braille-themed activities you can enjoy with your family and friends during the Holiday Season. Whether you’re a Braille reader or not, our hope is that these crafts and treats will bring a little extra happiness to your holiday celebrations.

Merry Christmas displayed in print and Braille with white Christmas trees in the background.

Braille Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¾ cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • nonpareil ball decorations

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set the bowl aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  6. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place onto ungreased cookie
    sheets.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
  8. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
  9. Use the nonpareil decorations to write in Braille. Download this Braille alphabet or scroll to the bottom of this page for dot-layouts of each letter.

Braille Christmas Cards

Supply:

  • card stock
  • beads, popcorn seeds, bubble paint and/or gems
  • glue
  • sand
  • sponge or foam brush

Instructions:

  1. Craft your own personal Braille message onto the cards. The more tactile the card is the better it can be felt by someone who is blind.
    • If you’re sighted or not an experienced Braille reader, use this Braille alphabet as a visual reference.
  2. Glue the beads, gems and/or popcorn seeds onto the card stock.
  3. Once everything is glued down, use the sponge or foam brush to seal the design and preserve it for repeat handling.
  4. Let the cards dry and repeat the process 2-3 times.

Braille T-Shirts and Sweatshirts

Supply:

  • t-shirt or sweatshirt
  • fabric glue
  • gems and/or beads (optional)
  • puff paint for fabric

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry the shirt.
  2. Place paper in the shirt to prevent the shirt from sticking. Newspaper works best.
  3. Lay the shirt out on a smooth surface and plan your design.
  4. Use the Braille alphabet as a guide to help craft the message for your shirt.
  5. Let the shirt sit for 12-24 hours depending on the amount of glue/paint used.

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